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Is This A Measurement Of Greatness?
Gandhi once said, “the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated. “
These famous words clearly apply when it comes to the world’s lion population as it continues to rapidly decline. LionAid.org estimates that there are 645-795 wild lions remaining in western and central Africa. In eastern and southern Africa, 14,450 wild lions remain – for a continental total of 15,244 wild lions!
A Big Decision In Zambia
However, LionAid.org is making progress! Recently, LionAid received the news about a big decision made by the government in Zambia regarding a moratorium on big cat trophy hunting. From 2000 to 2010, Zambia exported 651 lion trophies, virtually all adult males. LionAid estimates the total lion population to be about 850 animals of both sexes and all ages. LionAid has cautioned for many years that this very high level of off take was unsustainable. From 2000-2010 Zambia exported 645 adult male leopard hunting trophies from an unknown number of animals in the source population. A recent scientific publication noted that trophy hunting of lions was significantly affecting populations in national parks as well.
A Matter of Trust Or Time For Change?
“We have long trusted international conservation organizations with the proper care of our global wildlife heritage. What we must now accept despite our donations and taxes that this has not happened. We need a whole new formula!” said Dr. Pieter Kat, geneticist, lion conservationist and founder of LionAid.org.
LionAid.org is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and preservation of lions. Their mission is to create awareness about the huge decline of the lion population and work with government officials and other organizations to cease the legal hunting of these animals. Lions are a major trophy for hunters. Despite their well-documented decline, there is still a considerable trophy hunting effort. Since the last-published decline in lion numbers on the continent were made public in 2002-2004, over 4,400 lions have been exported as trophies. As such, trophies are largely male lions. The effect of this commercial activity has greatly impacted both overall lion numbers and the ability for remaining lions to reproduce. Trophy hunting must cease. Please generously support this organization here.
Listen To The Interview
In this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, host, June Stoyer will speak to the founders of LionAid.org, Dr. Pieter Kat and Christine Macsween. Click here to listen to the interview.